An early evening accident on Tuesday, Dec. 1 sent two persons to the hospital after a SUV hit the two pedestrians in a crosswalk on East F Street at Sixth Avenue.
Oakdale Police reported the incident happened about 5:50 p.m. and that a 24-year old man and 26-year-old woman were crossing the street in the marked crosswalk when a white Jeep Cherokee left the Taco Bell parking lot and struck the couple.
Initially it was reported that the Jeep fled the scene but the driver, a 72-year-old woman, pulled into the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot near the scene and called police to report the accident.
Emergency crews responded and tended to the injured individuals. The male suffered a broken pelvis and the female complained of pain to her lower extremities as a result of being struck. Both subjects were transported by ambulance to Oak Valley Hospital.
The investigation showed that the driver of the Jeep when leaving Taco Bell turned on to the two-way center left turn lane and then merged to the westbound lane on F Street. The Jeep then struck the two pedestrians who were in the crosswalk.
The Jeep sustained damage to its driver side front fender and left lower part of the windshield.
Police stated witnesses at the scene corroborated statements of the incident.
The driver told police she did not see the two subjects crossing the street.
Oakdale Police Sergeant Joe Johnson said drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor and there were no reports from any parties to indicate that speed was an issue either.
Police found the driver at fault for the collision for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk but said that she was not cited.